Warner Home Entertainment will bring the John Wayne classics 'Rio Bravo' and 'The Cowboys' to Blu-ray and HD DVD on May 22, the studio officially announced today.
The confirmation comes only days after the recent leak of the titles' pending release via the HD DVD Promotions Group's official website, www.TheLookandSoundofPerfect.com, which had quietly added the Wayne classics to its "Coming Soon" release list last week.
Warner will give both the Blu-ray and HD DVD versions equal treatment, with matching 1080p/VC-1 encodes as well as remastered audio, though exact audio specs are not yet available.
Extras include a John Wayne trailer gallery on both 'Rio Bravo' and 'The Cowboys,' plus an audio commentary, a new retrospective featurette and a vintage featurette on the latter. Warner has not yet announced additional extras yet for 'Rio Bravo.'
Warner has set a list price of $28.99 a pop.
The next-gen releases of 'Rio Bravo' and 'The Cowboys' have also been timed to coincide with a major John Wayne promotion from Warner, which will see the studio release a more extensive box set featuring other, lesser-known Wayne titles on standard-def DVD only.
The only other John Wayne title currently available on high-def is the John Ford classic 'The Searchers,' which first hit HD DVD and Blu-ray last year.